CAIRO: The debris of a Russian plane crashed last Saturday after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh is ‘consistent with an in-flight break-up,’ a committee of experts announced Saturday, while cautioning that it was too early to determine the cause of the break-up.
Black boxes recovered from the crash site indicate a noise immediately before the recording stopped, the committee added, saying that analysis would continue to identify the cause of the sound.
Although the committee use the words “break up,” Western intelligence has indicated that a bomb possibly planted by the Islamic State militant group may have been the cause of the crash. Moscow and Cairo, however, have strongly cautioned against prematurely identifying the cause of the crash.
The 47-member committee includes 29 Egyptians and other international experts from Russia, Germany, France, and Ireland. The committees Saturday statement also noted that some wreckage remains missing and they are hoping to identify it.
Crash which took place last Saturday, killed 224 passengers and crew. In the days following the crash the UK canceled flights between Sharm el Sheikh and London, stranding many thousands of UK holidaymakers. Flights are beginning to resume, but with conditions including no checked baggage.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Mostafa.